The war on plastic is far from over.
Just as you can opt out more easily on plastic shopping bags and straws, you can avoid single use plastic and choose more planet-friendly items when furnishing a home.
Designers are increasingly responding by creating more natural, eco-friendly, sustainable furniture and homewares.
On the hunt in London at #LDF18 (London Design Festival 2018) to check out the latest green interiors, here’s the top five sustainable designer pieces and brands I found there doing their bit for the planet, whist making beautiful pieces for modern homes and lifestyles.
1. Made almost completely from plants, design #1 chair from Revology
This chair might look like plastic, but it’s far from it. The “design #1” chair from Revology is made almost completely from plants.
Biotech, combined with an iconic bistro style, the design #1 chair is made from linen, bioresin and recycled brass. A covetable limited luxury edition piece, just as striking on the streets of Milan as in your own home.
No wonder the Revology team have landed three design awards already with this sustainable luxury piece. A design team to watch for sure.
Sadly “design #1” is not shipping to Australia, but check out their website www.revology.com if it can make it to your home.
2. Recycled plastic toys are turned into kids furniture by Ecobirdy
A company tackling plastic waste is Ecobirdy. They’re taking old plastic children’s toys and giving them a new lease of life as a child’s table, chair or lamp.
With award winning design this Belgian brand has a strong belief in environmental & social responsibility. Introducing children to the circular economy the plastic toys are collected in school programmes, then crushed up, sorted into colours and then re-moulded into tables, chairs and lamps kids can use again at home.
Available in Australia as finished pieces by contacting KFive + Kinnarps.
3. BISU Cork Bed for a dreamy nights’ sleep
Cork can give us health benefits that plastic can not.
Of its many amazing natural properties, cork is hypoallergenic since it doesn’t absorb dust; important for asthma and allergy sufferers. Especially in a bed where you’re sleeping for 7-8 hours.
With cork’s natural insulating qualities from sound and vibration, it can help remove the negative effects of electromagnetic (EMF) flows from phones and technology devices, so you could just even get a better night’s sleep with BISU.
Natural, simple and beautifully elegant are the three best ways to decsribe this cork bed from OTQ Design.
It is locally made and designed in Sardinia, where “BISU” means “dream” which is what OTQ Design hope you’d be able to do on this uniquely curved platform bed.
We’re looking forward to more cork pieces from this young designer, Matteo Congiu, and the BISU bed hitting the shores of Australia.
4. Smile Plastics create marble and stone like material using recycled waste
Smile Plastics first presented at Tent London in 2015 their 100% recycled plastic bottle material.
This sustainable minded company make marble and stone like pressed material sheets using recycled plastic waste and other post consumer waste like yoghurt pots, packaging, plant pots and coffee grounds.
I’ve included them as the consciousness of the plastic pollution problem has risen, I feel people will be more open to have recycled plastic in furntiure and hard surfaces in the home.
These sheets can indeed be applied to bench and table tops, splashbacks, custom cabinetry and furniture. 2LG Studio designers created this bathroom vanity for a client in the Black Dapple marble like classic range.
5. Ethical Homewares from One Nine Eight Five
Using ethically sourced, recycled materials (where possible) and sustainable processes in manufacturing, Eleanor Nadimi has still been able to create a playful homewares range inspired by film, art and fashion.
Her One Nine Eight Five range has started with abstract prints, tassel cushions, wall hangings, throws, and more recently upcycled fabric covered furniture.
Featured in Selfridges sustainable brands in their #LDF18 showcase, as well as being selected in the Emerging Brands category at 100% Design, this is certainly a designer UK homewares brand to watch.
After attending London Design Festival three times over the last 5 years, I can see younger designers coming through who naturally desire to be as sustainable as possible.
It’s not a far stretch of the imagination to see it will become more common place to see growth of eco-friendly materials and manufacturing practices in furniture and homewares.
My 2019 prediction is that we will see more recycled plastic and cork materials used.
For more visuals on the design #1 chair and Ecobirdy, see them featured by me on the catchup TV eposide of Your Money Entrepreneurs Show on Green Ventures. And, on my Instagram feed @goodandeco_interiors you can the brands in this article, plus many more to inspire you to choose for modern, rustic, mid-century, electic and contemporary homes.